Finally! Fox sets release date for long-delayed Deadpool film

After the relative success of X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Wolverine, there’d been rumblings Fox might expand their X-Men franchise with a few new spinoffs — and they didn’t have to look too far for ideas.

A Deadpool film has been in the works ever since Ryan Reynolds portrayed the Merc With a Mouth in 2009’s awful X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the proposed R-rated take on the character made the studio nervous and it's been languishing on the shelf ever since. Now, five years later, they’ve finally decided to dust ol' Wade Wilson off and give him another shot.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, that long-gestating Deadpool movie is finally getting made. The studio has slated the film to open in theaters on Feb. 12, 2016. It will be directed by Tim Miller, though there’s still no confirmation that original star Reynolds will be back to portray the character. We’d call the odds likely, but a deal is apparently not in place. Yet.

Fans have been clamoring for a Deadpool movie for years, and we’re psyched to see the project finally (finally) get off the ground. Of course, we still don’t know if we’ll be getting the R-rated version fans are wanting or a watered-down PG-13 script. They could also scrap the existing script entirely and start fresh. We just don't know. It’d be a shame if they tried to tone the character down, though. If there’s any property that’d be best served by an R rating, it’s Deadpool.

On a more philosophical note, there’s also the question of whether they’d even want Reynolds back in the saddle to play the character. Yes, he positively killed it in that leaked test footage that finally made it out into the wild a few months ago, but his track record fronting a superhero movie isn’t exactly stellar (see: Green Lantern). Despite the Green Lantern debacle, we’d still bank on Reynolds making a return.

If nothing else, Reynolds is definitely still interested in the project. He recently told the Niagara Falls Review that he thinks the leaked test footage has generated some newfound buzz for the film. Turns out he was apparently right:

“The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, 'Oh, so we weren't crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.' It's interesting to see the power of the Internet. It's awe-inspiring, actually. And it's neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way.”

By slotting Deadpool on the calendar, the studio needed to do a bit of shuffling to make it fit. First up, videogame adaptation Assassin’s Creed will be bumped from its Aug. 7, 2015, slot because the film will apparently not be complete in time to hit the date. So the studio is sliding Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot from its June 19, 2015, date into the now-vacant Aug. 7, 2015, slot. The John Green book adaptation Paper Towns will take Fantastic Four’s old spot on the calendar.

Are you glad to see Deadpool finally get his shot at big-screen glory? How do you think this project will turn out?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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